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TransCanada Will Fight Order to Halt Keystone XL Work

Dec 12, 2012
(Houston Chronicle)

A Texas judge in Nacogdoches County has issued a temporary restraining order to halt work on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to court documents.

Attorneys for TransCanada, which is building the pipeline, said they planned to fight the order in a hearing Thursday and do not expect it to thwart Keystone XL construction.

The order came in response to a lawsuit filed by 64-year-old county resident Michael Bishop.

Bishop argued that pipeline owner TransCanada misrepresented the purpose of Keystone XL when the company negotiated an agreement with him to build it through his land, according to court documents.

While the company said the pipeline would transport crude oil, Bishop argued that the product planned to flow through Keystone XL from Canada is different because it is produced from oil sands.